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The C64 version of Tetris is one of many conversions of the famous block-stacking game. The goal is to place pieces made up of four tiles in a well, organizing them into complete rows, which then disappear. As rows are cleared, the pace of the game increases, and the game ends if the stack reaches the top of the well.

Compared to other versions, the C64 adaptation differs in a few aspects: the well is 21 blocks high instead of the standard 20. Unlike in other early versions, clearing rows increases the score and a preview of the next piece to appear is always in view and cannot be toggled off for bonus points.

Options are simple: the starting level can be set from 0 to 9, and there is a choice between music (a continuous piece of 26 minutes in length) or sound effects during gameplay. There is a high score table with room for 15 names.


Tetris Commodore 64 Blocks are reaching critical mass!
Tetris Commodore 64 Title screen
Tetris Commodore 64 A game in progress

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One of the better versions of Tetris worth playing Katakis | カタキス (41417) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Not the greatest playability, but the best music WWWWolf (452) unrated

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1988 10 out of 10 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Feb, 1988 956 out of 1000 96
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Oct, 1988 956 out of 1000 96
Zzap! Jan, 1988 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1989 94 out of 100 94
Your Commodore Feb, 1988 9 out of 10 90
64'er 1991 8 out of 10 80
Commodore User May, 1989 75 out of 100 75
Commodore User Dec, 1987 5 out of 10 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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  • Commodore Format
    • July 1991 (Issue 10) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #89 “Readers' Top 100”

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Terok Nor (29087) added Tetris (Commodore 64) on Feb 14, 2015